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November 25, 2015

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November 25, 2015

The Netherlands Scores Average in Climate Change Adaptation

Nov. 19, 2015 — Compared to other countries, the Netherlands takes an average position when it comes to implementing climate change adaptation initiatives. In the period 2010-2014, little changes have been observed ... read more

Impact of Climate Change on Nutrient Load of Pike River Watershed

Nov. 17, 2015 — Using future climate change scenarios and water quality projections, experts found that sediment and the blue-green algae producing nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen are likely to increase in the ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — Paleontologists find that tiny organisms called foraminifera have a big story to tell about the health of Puget Sound. Two recent studies about the health of Bellingham Bay and inlets in the ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — The first data-driven estimate of the Earth's total supply of groundwater shows that less than six per cent of groundwater in the upper two kilometers of the Earth's landmass is renewable ... read more

High Plains Aquifer Peak Use by State, Overall Usage Decline, Study Finds

Nov. 16, 2015 — The over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in 2006, new research shows. Its use is projected to decrease by roughly 50 percent in ... read more

Building With Nature: Ecological Design for Next-Generation Cities

Nov. 13, 2015 — New research celebrates the centennial of the society with perspectives on the potential for ecological science to influence the design of the next generation cities and their ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — Melting glaciers are causing a loss of species diversity among benthos in the coastal waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, impacting an entire seafloor ecosystem. This has been verified in the course ... read more

New Research Shows La Niña Is Not Helping Hawai'i's Rainfall, Groundwater

Nov. 12, 2015 — Historically when El Niño events occur, Hawai'i has experienced nearly six months of drought, from November to April. Conversely, during La Niña events rainfall has been greater than normal - ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — A glacier in northeast Greenland that holds enough water to raise global sea levels by more than 18 inches has come unmoored from a stabilizing sill and is crumbling into the North Atlantic Ocean. ... read more

Increased Deforestation Could Substantially Reduce Amazon Basin Rainfall

Nov. 12, 2015 — Continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could diminish the amount of rain that falls in the Amazon River basin, finds a new study. These declines in rainfall could potentially alter the ... read more

Sharks' Hunting Ability Destroyed Under Climate Change

Nov. 12, 2015 — The hunting ability and growth of sharks will be dramatically impacted by increased carbon dioxide levels and warmer oceans expected by the end of the century, a new study has ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — Gradual melting of winter snow helps feed water to farms, cities and ecosystems across much of the world, but this resource may soon be critically imperiled. In a new study, scientists have ... read more

Shrubs on Warming North Slope Attract Moose, Hares

Nov. 11, 2015 — Snowshoe hares and moose, which are both relative newcomers to Alaska's North Slope, may have become established in the area with the help of warming temperatures and thicker ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — Tiny plastic bits, collectively known as called microplastics, are showing up in bodies of water around the world, and are accumulating in aquatic creatures, including fish and shellfish. Now ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — It is common knowledge that the Earth's rigid upper layer called lithosphere is composed of moving plates. But just what mechanism first set plate tectonics into motion still remains a mystery. ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — In the quest for renewable fuels, scientists are taking lessons from a humble bacterium that fills our oceans and covers moist surfaces the world over. Cyanothece 51142, a type of bacteria also ... read more

Research Links Tundra Fires, Thawing Permafrost

Nov. 10, 2015 — Wildfires on Arctic tundra can contribute to widespread permafrost thaw much like blazes in forested areas, according to a study. The connection between wildfires and permafrost loss is better ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — A new study identifies a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on. Together, the features ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — Many of the world's approximately 117 million lakes act as wet chimneys releasing large amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The most recent estimates show that ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — The anticipated melting of the massive West Antarctic Ice Sheet could be slowed by two big factors that are largely overlooked in current computer models, according to a new study. The findings ... read more

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